David W. Stark

Senior Counsel


With more than four decades of trial experience, David Stark represents clients in the legal profession, banking and financial services, natural resources, energy, high technology, telecommunications and health care industries during their most complex commercial disputes. When millions of dollars are at stake, clients trust him to resolve litigation.

Professional Responsibility

David has spent years advising law firms, lawyers and other clients in legal ethics and professional responsibility matters. He has successfully defended AmLaw 100 firms, international engineering firms and other clients in professional liability cases. A former partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, he served as professional responsibility counsel and claims counsel for the firm for several years.

Energy Litigation

For decades, David has represented oil and gas companies, utilities, hazardous waste facilities, energy industry executives and lenders in litigation relating to drilling operations, construction, operating agreements, contracts, radioactive waste and many other disputes. David litigates cases, handles appeals, serves as a mediator, represents clients in arbitrations and negotiates settlements in the best interests of energy clients.

Banking & Financial Services Litigation

David understands the needs of financial services companies during litigation, including class actions. He has represented major national banks, brokerage houses and title insurance companies in state and federal court. David guides clients through issues related to investments, loan repurchases, commodities fraud, consumer privacy, lender liability, breach of trust and fiduciary obligations, and securities fraud.

Technology Litigation

David works with software companies to protect their trade secrets and their businesses. He has defended innovative companies in distributorship disputes, securities fraud cases and product liability actions.

Personal Interests

David enjoys running marathons and playing with his grandkids.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado


University of Colorado Law School
J.D. (1973)

University of Colorado Boulder
B.A. (1969)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Wellness and Professionalism Go Hand-in-Hand
    The Colorado Lawyer, official publication of the Colorado Bar Association, October 2016
  • Colorado Survey on Pro Bono Participation
    The Colorado Lawyer, official publication of the Colorado Bar Association, January 2016
  • Professionals Answered the Call
    The Colorado Lawyer, official publication of the Colorado Bar Association, October 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Supreme Court — Standing Committee on the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct; Attorney Regulation Committee (Chair, 1996-2001); Advisory Committee on Attorney Regulation (Chair, 2001-present); Chief Justice's Commission on the Legal Profession (Working Group Chair, 2011-present); CBA/DBA Professionalism Coordinating Council, Colorado Supreme Court Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
  • Colorado Access to Justice Commission — Delivery Committee (Chair)

Civic Activities

  • Colorado Lawyers Committee — Children's Task Force (Co-chair; Board Member, 2003); Executive Committee, 2014-present
  • University of Colorado School of Law — Adjunct Professor (Legal Ethics) and Law Alumni Board
  • Legal Entrepreneurs for Justice — President and Board Chair of this incubator for young, socially conscious lawyers


  • Colorado Lawyers Committee — Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Banking and Finance Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation, 2010-17
  • Colorado Super Lawyers — Business Litigation, 2006-17
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-22
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2014; Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014, 2016, 2019
  • Litigation Counsel of America — Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rating: AV-Preeminent®
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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